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The new Lina's Italian Supermercato in South Calgary on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
Delectable desserts at Lina’s Italian Supermercato. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photo by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

And perhaps most importantly of all, the new store has Lina Castle’s stamp of approval. Rai has brought the shop’s founder on board as a brand ambassador, showcasing how dedicated the new ownership is to the store’s roots. The new Lina’s location can be found at #100, 4916 130th Ave. S.E. The original Lina’s Italian Market is still going strong at 2202 Centre St. N.E. Both stores are open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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For a more homespun shopping experience, Eat North’s popular Prairie Grid event is coming back. In reaction to COVID-19, this year’s celebration of innovative Prairie cuisine is manifesting as a market rather than a sit-down banquet-style dinner. Not only does the new format give guests more room to roam, but it also makes the event more accessible for food lovers who can’t lay down money for a multi-course dinner in light of the pandemic.

The market will take place next weekend (Sept. 26 and 27) at Carter Cadillac (649 Heritage Dr. SE). Attendees must sign up for a time slot and pay a $5 admission fee with only 125 customers assigned to each slot to ensure social distancing protocols. The vendors will be made up of a collection of Prairie-based food and drink producers, restaurants and artisans. In addition to Calgary-based businesses like Wild Tea Kombucha, Proof and Made by Marcus, shoppers can buy from out-of-towners like Saskatchewan’s Black Fox Farm and Distillery and Edmonton’s Biera. Many of the vendors will be offering specially made products exclusive to the Prairie Grid Market.

There’s also a charitable component, with The Alex Community Food Centre, CKP Calgary, Skipping Stone, and Not In My City all setting up booths on-site. For more information or to book a time slot, visit eatnorth.com.

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth can be reached at elizabooth@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter at @elizaboothy or Instagram at @elizabooth.

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